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with him for the space of a day or two. During
There was standing near the altar of the Goddess, when Pericles with his train entered the temple, the good Cerimon (now grown very aged) who had restored Thaisa, the wife of Pericles, to life; and Thaisa, now a priestess of the temple, was standing before the altar; and though the many years he had passed in sorrow for her loss had much altered Pericles, Thaisa thought
she knew her husband's features, and when he approached the altar and began to speak, she remembered his voice, and listened to his words with wonder and a joyful amazement. And these were the words that Pericles spoke before the altar: “Hail, Diana! to perform thy just commands, I here confess myself the prince of Tyre, who, frighted from my country, at Pentapolis wedded the fair Thaisa : she died at sea in childbed, but brought forth a maid-child called Marina. She at Tharsus was nursed with Dionysia, who at fourteen years thought to kill her, but her better stars brought her to Metaline, by whose shores as I sailed, her good fortunes brought this rnaid on board, where by her most clear remembrance she made herself known to be my daughter.”
Thaisa, unable to bear the transports which his words had raised in her, cried out, “ You are, you are, O royal Pericles”----and fainted. “What means this woman?” said Pericles : “she diès ; help, gentlemen !” “Sir," said Cerimon, " if you have told Diana's altar true, this is your wife.” “ Reverend gentleman, 'no;" said Pericles: “I threw her overboard with these very
arms." Cerimon then recounted how, early one tempestuous morning, this lady was thrown upon the Ephesian shore; how, opening the coffin, he found therein rich jewels, and a paper ; how, happily, he recovered her, and placed her here in Diana's temple. And now, Thaisa being restored from her swoon, said, “O my lord, are you not Pericles ? Like him you speak, like himn you are. Did you not name a tempest, a birth and death ?” He, astonished, said, “The voice of dead Thaisa !” “ 'That Thaisa am I," she replied, “supposed dead and drowned.” “O true Diana!” exclaimed Pericles, in a passion of devout astonishment. " And now," said Thaisa, " I know you better. Such a ring as I see on your finger did the king my father give you, when we, with tears parted from him at Pentapolis.” “Enough, you Gods!” cried Pea ricles, “ your present kindness makes my past miseries sport. O come, Thaisa, be buried a second time within these arms."
And Marina said, “My heart leaps to be gone into my mother's bɔsom.” Then did Pericles shew his daughter to her mother, saying, “ Look who kneels here, flesh of thy flesh, thy burthen
at sea, and called Marina, because she was yielded there.” “Blest and my own!” said Thaisa : and while she hung in rapturous joy over her child, Pericles knelt before the altar, saying, “Pure Diana, bless thee for thy vision, For this, I will offer oblatione nightly to thee.” And then and there did Pericles, with the corsent of Thaisa, solemnly affiance their daughter, the virtuous Marina, to the well-deserving Lysimachus in marriage.
Thus have we seen in Pericles, his queen, and daughter, a famous example of virtue assailed by calamity (through the sufferance of Heaven, to teach patience and constancy to men), under the same guidance becoming finally successful, and triumphing over chance and change. In Hellicanus we lrave beheld a notable pattern of truth, of faith, and loyalty, who, when he might have succeeded to a throne, chose rather to recall the rightful owner to his possession, than to become great by another's wrong. In the worthy Cerimon, who restored Thaisa to life, we are instructed how goodness directed by knowledge, in bestowing benefits upon mankind, approaches to the nature of the Gods.
It only remains to be told, that Dionysia, the wicked wife of Cleon, met with an end proportionable to her deserts; the inhabitants of Tharsus, when her cruel attempt upon Marina was known, rising in a body to revenge the daughter of their benefactor, and setting fire to the palace of Cleon, burnt both him and her, and their whole household: the Gods seeming well pleased, that so foul à m:ırder, though but intentional, and never carried into act, should be punished in a way befitting its enormity.